Monday, February 4, 2013

Diapering Advice

A dear friend of mine has recently discovered she is pregnant. Hooray! Many prayers for her and her little one. She is planning to use cloth diapers and asked during a phone call if I had any advice. Ha! I could talk about diapers for hours, I think. I told her I would email her. Since I haven't gotten around to that yet, I decided to do a blog post instead. Two birds with one stone.

Fuzzibunz One Size Elite (MSRP $19.95)
We bought 20 of these a few months ago on clearance, to replace some diapers that I damaged using diaper cream (more on that below). They are pocket diapers, advertised to fit 5 to 45 lbs. I would cautiously recommend them.

Dry very quickly! I can hang them in the basement and they are completely dry in about 10 hours.
Compact. They are much less bulky than other one size diapers.
Adjustable. Adjustable elastic means the size only has to be set with each size, rather than after each wash.
Small. I'm skeptical about this diaper comfortably fitting a bigger toddler. Peter is about 25lbs and nearly at the largest settings. See this review for a comparison of One Size to Perfect Size diapers.
Narrow. While it's great for reducing bulkiness, these diapers are hard to stuff.
Adjustment is difficult. Not a big deal if only one child is in diapers at a time, but if you'll be going back and forth between sizes, buttoning the elastic each time is a pain.

Tiny Tush Elite 1.1 (MSRP 19.95, volume discounts)
These are the diapers I used with Peter for the first 2+ years. They are great! Excellent customer service and made in the USA, too. They are, like all PUL diapers, easily damaged by most diaper creams. After using Desitin with them a few times, they became water repellent. I tried everything to clean them and was able to make them merely water resistant, but they never returned to their former glory. Word to the wise.

Tiny Tush Elite One-Size Fitted Pocket Diapers combine technology, design, and good old fashion comfort!

Easy to use. Easy to stuff, easy to adjust. As with Fuzzibunz, we chose snap closures, which seem to be immune to little boys trying to escape from their diapers. :-)
Fits toddlers. Peter was nowhere near to outgrowing his diapers when we stopped using them.
Adjustments after every wash. I unsnapped the sizing snaps across the front for each wash to get them clean, which means they need to be re-snapped once they're clean. Pretty minor drawback.
Not great for newborns. They don't really fit the littlest babies snugly. Some leaks around the legs and definitely bulky on really tiny tushes. :-)

Econobum ($9.95 on Amazon, volume discounts)
As the name implies, these are the cheap way to diaper. The prefolds are good quality; the covers seem like they might not last through multiple children. Still, for the price you pay, it's a good investment in my mind.

Econobum: Single Pack

Price! That's the main advantage to these ones.
Easy to clean. Unlike the microfiber/fleece/PUL diapers, these ones don't need gentle care. The prefolds can be laundered in regular soap and dried on high heat. I usually hang the covers, since they dry quickly.
Harder to use. Not by much, though. Just fold the diaper in thirds, lay it in the cover, and snap it up.
Comically bulky on newborns. These do work for newborns, no leaks, but hilariously large on them. (For newborns, I use a newspaper fold for boys and bikini twist for girls, with a Snappi.)
Less durable? We don't use these as often as our pocket diapers, so I don't really know how well they would hold up to daily use. We're happy with their performance so far, though.

For Newborns
Our favorite combination for newborns is a newborn-sized prefold with  Bummis newborn cover. I would recommend 5-8 covers and at least one Snappi closure. This combination has given us a snug fit for both our little ones at their tiniest without a big price tag.

We use regular washcloths as wipes; 24 was adequate when we only had one in diapers. We have a diaper pail with a washable wetbag as the liner. We also have a Bummis wetbag in the diaper bag. We were using a diaper sprayer, which broke... currently we're using Bummis flushable liners in Peter's diapers. (Anne is 100% breastfed, so her poop comes out in the wash with no problem.)


  1. The diaper I sent at Christms time for you think that will work when she grows some? Purchased on clearance at The Nappy Shoppe in Plano Tx. Here is their website The sales associates at the store are quite knowledgeable. mb

    1. Yes, it will be great! We like to keep an emergency diaper at my parents' house, so we designated the owl diaper for that. Peter has already used it once, actually; it worked very well for him. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness!

  2. When I first went to buy cloth diapers, the lady insisted that I needed to buy cloth diaper creme because "everyone" needs it. Well we never used it because David never had a diaper rash, so I recently sold it with some of our diapers that we weren't using.

    Just wondering if you tried using Grandma El's or another type of diaper creme that is supposed to work with cloth diapers. I'm curious to see if those cremes actually work.

    1. No, we haven't tried any of the "safe" ones. I've been curious, too, but not curious enough to actually risk it. :-) When our kiddos need diaper cream, we just use our econobum diapers that can be washed normally. Even Desitin comes right off of those ones.